Title: Icing on the Cake
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Close to Home Series ● Book 2
The Boyfriend Bookmark: ★★★★★
Nia and Conn’s wedding will be fairytale perfect…if their siblings can get along.
Free-spirited, anti-establishment Sara has always been on the outside of her family’s fairytale mold. Now she’s being forced smack into the middle of it at her sister Nia’s wedding. Alongside the cocky and annoyingly sexy best man—Conn’s cop brother. Curtis doesn’t buy in to organized romance and fairytales. But for his brother, he’ll throw on a tux and fake it for a few hours. His flak vest would have been a better choice around the maid of honor. He should have brought his handcuffs too, because somebody needs to restrain the dark-haired spitfire—and he’s just the man for the job. One night to indulge the spark between them, then goodbye—that was the agreement. Curtis isn’t looking for a relationship and he sure doesn’t want a troublemaker for a girlfriend. The last thing Sara needs in her daily life is a cop looking over her shoulder, no matter how hot he is. But giving in to their chemistry is much more fun than giving it up…
It’s time for Nia and Conn to tie the knot. It is just one weekend but everyone in the family knows there is one person in the bridal party that they have to keep a close eye on. Sara cannot ruin this weekend for Nia and Conn. It can’t happen. Well, except with Sara it is bound to happen. She just doesn’t have any luck at all. But she is going to do everything in her power to make this wedding successful. She is not going to cause any trouble. She won’t do it, intentionally.
To ensure that Sara doesn’t cause problems, Conn enlists his brother, the cop, to assist. Well this should be fun. The Best Man is going to watch after the Maid of Honor? Not if Sara has anything to say about it and what about Curtis, how does he feel about the situation? It doesn’t really matter, it is one weekend. They don’t have to see one another after that. They don’t have to deal with each other in just a day or two.
Only problem is, Curtis is hot. Like super hot and well, there are about 100 things he would like Sara to do, just not in public. There are laws to prevent them from that and he is a law abiding officer… but he has never met anyone like Sara before. Let’s just say, she’s a bit of a rebel when it comes to doing things that push the line of the law… If opposites attract, these two have the game perfected.
I loved Cup of Sugar by Karla Doyle and I am never quite sure that sequels will live up to the expectations I tend to have of them… however, Icing On The Cake, just surpassed the expectations that I held. It was smart, witty, hot and the sexual tension was out of this world.
Sara is a smart mouthed girl and she knows that she can never get close to a guy to be in love. Those she loves, leave her eventually. She will never take that risk with her heart again. She just won’t risk it again. Which is fine, because there is no way a cop would really find her that appealing, especially given her record. But Sara just made me smile time and time again. The wit, the cunning skills to get out of situations she gets into, her attitude. She was just too much and I adored that in her. Of course, there were reasons for all of it but all of those reasons have made her who she is.
Curtis won’t give his heart away either. He promised his brother he would watch Sara the weekend of the wedding. But Conn didn’t describe Sara to Curtis doing the situation justice. But it’s not an issue, yes, they are going to have a fling, that he can guarantee. One weekend and that is all. He will go back to his life, she will go back to hers. No issues. I loved Curtis too.
He judged Sara, just like everyone else, before he met her. But he also gave her a chance, he wanted to see why she was the way she was. And what he discovered time and time again, was that everything she did had moments of justification behind them. But that only made him appreciate her so much more. He wasn’t just watching her. He wanted to look out for her and to protect her. Protect her from what though? Well, herself mostly. But Curtis was just amazingly sweet when he needed to be. The thing to remember about Curtis, he isn’t about to give his heart away either.
If Karla Doyle’s Cup of Sugar made me smile, this one put me over the edge. It was a fun read, but it had tender and hot moments. It had everything that I love in a book. It had spunk. The characters, the story and the crazy situations that Curtis and Sara end up in. Icing On The Cake is a five-star follow-up to Cup of Sugar and I can’t seem to get enough of these sweet treats!
The second she’d passed the town limits, Sara hit the accelerator. Curtis grinned for no one to see and gave the Mustang gas. Thought she could shake him, did she? Not a chance. Her Trans Am was no match for his ’67 Fastback. Also, he wasn’t inclined to lose.
The woman could drive, though. She led him on a heated chase, ripping down empty rural roads, ignoring the posted speed limit, failing to stop for those irrelevant red signs on the corners. He cranked up the tunes and followed suit through every twist, turn and straightaway.
The game ended way too damn soon, with a final turn down a long, gravel laneway bordered by thick woods. Fifty feet later, they reached a charming red-sided house set on one side of a large clearing. Natural forest surrounded the massive yard, except for a small stretch on the far right side where waterfront broke the circle. On the other side of the yard stood a small smokehouse. And speaking of smoke, there was Sara’s dad, waving from his station at the barbecue, near the house’s adjoined garage.
Curtis returned the greeting, shut off the car and hopped out. No wonder his brother liked coming up here to visit the future in-laws. Not only were Peter and Meredith Chambers nice people, they had a sweet setup—if you liked the whole “serenity” scene, as Conn did. Curtis didn’t mind kicking back for short stints now and then, but too much calm and relaxation made him twitchy. Give him the adrenaline rush of ripping down a country road any day.
“You kept up,” Sara said as he rounded his car and popped the trunk.
He turned and found her leaning against the nearest vehicle, legs crossed at the ankles and arms folded across those amazing tits, straining the limits of the world’s tightest black t-shirt. Sunlight filtering through the treetops bounced off her shiny, dark hair, giving it an amber aura that matched her eyes. At the moment, those eyes were loaded with daggers, all of which were aimed at him. Deservedly so.
Didn’t change a thing though. If possible, it increased his urge to stalk over there and stake his claim on the wild-eyed beauty. He settled for the stalking part. And some looming over her, which he did with his hands tucked safely in his pockets.
“You didn’t want to lose me. Admit it.”
She admitted nothing. Just stared up at him wearing a defiant, sexy smile. “Exceeding the speed limit, failure to stop, reckless driving. I’m shocked at your blatant disregard for the law.” She tsked. “Maybe I should make a citizen’s arrest.”
“Go for it. You’ll have to hold me until an officer arrives. Think you could?” He moved closer, still keeping hands off, yet essentially pinning her to the vehicle. “I, for one, would enjoy your attempt to restrain me. Very much.”
Tires crunching over gravel and the accompanying toot of a horn interrupted whatever saucy thing would likely have flown from Sara’s lush, red lips. Instead, she pushed past him, brushing her tits against his arm and copping a feel of his groin in the process.
“Seems you’re already half-cocked at the idea.”
He threw his head back and laughed up at the trees. The silent surroundings gave the sound a booming quality. He really did have his work cut out for him this weekend. Making sure Sara behaved—he could do that. Holding himself to the same standard was looking to be the more difficult task.
She paused and looked back when he didn’t trail after her. “Are you coming?”
He snagged the bottle of Scotch from his trunk, closed it and caught up with her in two strides. One hand positioned on the small of her back, he leaned in close to her ear. “When we’re naked later, babe, you won’t have to ask. You won’t even be able to ask, because you’ll be moaning my name at the time.” He smacked her ass hard enough to make her jump, then abandoned her to join his brother on the Chambers’ deck.
Karla grew up in a small town on the shore of Lake Erie. She trained and worked in the fashion industry, designing and making everything from swimwear to dog collars for most of her adult life. Karla has since traded her needle and thread for a word processor, and now spends her time writing sexy romances. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with family, friends and her pets, as well as reading and hitting the gym.